John W. Brockhouse, Jr.
James J. Wadsworth
This guide provides rural residents with information about
cooperative development feasibility studies. It defines the
feasibility study and discusses their necessity and limitations.
First steps in feasibility study development are described and key
actions, including important components of a comprehensive study,
are detailed. Also offered are criteria for selecting and working
with consultants, information for developing assumptions, and study
Key words: feasibility study, cooperative development, consultant, assumption, decision.
Vital Steps: A Cooperative Feasibility Study Guide
John W. Brockhouse, Jr., and James J. Wadsworth completed the
revision of this guide. The report was first authored by James
Matson in 2000 while he was employed with Rural Development. The
authors acknowledge revision contributions from Bruce Pleasant,
with USDA Rural Development in North Carolina, and James Matson,
now a private consultant based in South Carolina.
Publications and information are also available on the Internet. The Cooperative Programs Web site is at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/csdir.htm
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